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Praful Patel still optimistic about BCCI grant

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel today said he is still optimistic of getting Rs 12.5 crore grant from the BCCI despite the Cricket Board deciding against it.

delhi Updated: Jul 31, 2010 21:42 IST

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel on Saturday said he is still optimistic of getting Rs 12.5 crore grant from the BCCI despite the Cricket Board deciding against it.

"They (BCCI) have some tax issues hence until they are sorted out they can't give the money," Patel told PTI.

Asked whether he was still optimistic of getting the money at a later date, Patel said, "Yes, of course."

BCCI had last year promised to give Rs 25 crore to the AIFF as financial help towards the Indian football team's preparations for the Asian Cup to be held in Doha in January next year. It has already given Rs 12.5 crore.

But, the Cricket Board today decided against giving the remaining Rs 12.5 crore in its Working Committee meeting in Mumbai.

"The money we have already given is given but we can't pay the remainder because we no longer get concessions from the Income Tax Department," a Board official said after the meeting.

India have qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time after 1984 after winning the AFC Challenge Cup on 2008.